Bushido Blade 2 (import) - Stage Description FAQ for 2 player mode.  
Version 1.0  (sept. 18th, 1998)
By: Guy Parker IV  (yulith@crl.com)
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        This is a FAQ for the Japanese version of Bushido Blade 2
 for the Sony Playstation.  I wrote this since the stage names are
 in japanese, and to describe each stage in detail and tell what
 features each one has, since some levels do impact the 2 player
 mode significantly; this is much better than blindly guessing.

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Stage Description Notes:

 Floor material: dirt, grass, sand, gravel, and water can be thrown.
        others such as concrete, stone, wood, etc can not.

 Walls / edges: railed edges mean that if you throw a weapon at these
        it will fly off the stage and you will not be able to recover
        it.  weapons also fly off all "open" edges.  stone, wood, and
        other solid walls will always bounce your thrown weapon back.  

 Fatal cliff edge: fall off this and you die.

 Obstacles: if you hit these they can deflect your weapon.  most are
        indestructable, but some such as wooden poles and bamboo can
        be cut down with swords, but will deflect the pole weapon's
        wooden staffs.

 Levels: this refers to the number of levels (floors) players can jump
        or climb up to and fight on.  this does not include the bottom
        of fatal cliff areas, or other areas you can see but not get
        to.

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Stage Layout:
|      (coast)       |   (starting page)    |     (mountains)     |
|--------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|   1     |    4     |    7     |    10     |   13     |   16     |
|--------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|   2     |    5     |    8     |    11     |   14     |   17     |
|--------------------|----------------------|---------------------|
|   3     |    6     |    9     |    12     |   15     |   18     |
|--------------------|----------------------|---------------------|

I have numbered the stages like this, look below for info on the
stage coresponding to the stage layout map i made above.

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1.
Description      : bad guy's temple, with their banners.
Size             : medium, long
Floor material   : stone / tile
Walls / edges    : railed looking walls, but thrown weapons bounce off
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 2 columns (medium)
Levels           : 1

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2.
Description      : graveyard on cliff side
Size             : small
Floor material   : dirt, grass
Walls / edges    : stone walls, wooden fence, open edge
Fatal cliff edge : yes, 1
Obstacles        : several tombstones (small)
Levels           : 1

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3.
Description      : ship docking area
Size             : medium, long
Floor material   : concrete, metal ramp
Walls / edges    : railed edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 4 boat tie offs (small)
Levels           : 1
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4.
Description      : cliff bottom seashore, waves come in and go out.
Size             : small
Floor material   : sand, water
Walls / edges    : rock walls, open ocean
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 1
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5.
Description      : cliff top
Size             : medium small
Floor material   : dirt, gravel
Walls / edges    : rock walls, open edges
Fatal cliff edge : yes, about 3/4 of the level has fatal cliff edges
Obstacles        : boulders (large)
Levels           : 2
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6.
Description      : outside castle walls
Size             : medium, long
Floor material   : dirt
Walls / edges    : wooden walls, railed edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : wooden poles (can be cut down)
Levels           : 1
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7.
Description      : rooftop of squaresoft building
Size             : large
Floor material   : concrete
Walls / edges    : concrete walls, railed edges, open edge
Fatal cliff edge : yes, 1
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 1
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8.
Description      : road in tunnel
Size             : medium, long
Floor material   : concrete
Walls / edges    : concrete walls, ends of tunnel have railed edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 1
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9.
Description      : open field
Size             : very large
Floor material   : grass, dirt, metal grill (covering small ditch)
Walls / edges    : railed edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : water tower (large)
Levels           : 1
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10.
Description      : cave
Size             : small
Floor material   : stone
Walls / edges    : stone walls, railed edge
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 2
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11.
Description      : warehouse area with road on upper level
Size             : large, long
Floor material   : grass, stone, concrete
Walls / edges    : solid walls, fences, open edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 1 pole with box on top of it (small)
Levels           : 2
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12.
Description      : bamboo forest (note: pole weapons hard to use here)
Size             : small
Floor material   : dirt
Walls / edges    : stone wall, fence
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : many bamboo stalks which can be cut down, 1 stone
                   block (small).
Levels           : 1
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13.
Description      : storm drain
Size             : medium, long
Floor material   : green stuff (that you can throw), concrete
Walls / edges    : concrete, brick, green walls
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 1 sign (small), 1 stone block (small)
Levels           : 1
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14.
Description      : mountain side farm land
Size             : medium large
Floor material   : dirt
Walls / edges    : stone wall (3/4 of area), railed edge at bottom
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 2 stacks of hay (large) (note: these get in the way,
                   but you can swing and stab through them)
Levels           : 4
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15.
Description      : bridge with railroad tracks
Size             : large, long
Floor material   : wood, grass, dirt
Walls / edges    : railed edges, fence, open edges
Fatal cliff edge : yes, 2
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 1
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16.
Description      : good guy's temple
Size             : medium 
Floor material   : wood
Walls / edges    : wood, railed looking edge but weapons bounce off
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : 2 columns
Levels           : 1
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17.
Description      : temple rooftop at night
Size             : special: this area is medium length, but it is so
                   thin that you can not have 2 people on one area.
                   even though the edges are open you can not fall off.
                   this stage is like a 2D fighter almost.
Floor material   : roof tile
Walls / edges    : open edges, fish statues at ends
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : none
Levels           : 1
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18.
Description      : roadside
Size             : large
Floor material   : concrete, grass
Walls / edges    : concrete walls, railed edges
Fatal cliff edge : no
Obstacles        : telephone poles (can swing through them)
Levels           : 2
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Still Needed:
        If anyone knows Japanese well, and can tell me the real
 translated names of the stages I would be glad to include them
 in this FAQ and give them credit for it.  I can be emailed at
 yulith@crl.com
        Also, there are some levels you can play in the story mode
 that are not normally selectable in the 2 player mode.  If anyone
 knows how to be able to play these stages in 2 player mode (if it
 is possible) please tell me and i'll credit you.

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